The Westfield Mall in San Fransisco was forced to close early on Sunday, June 25 after a riot caused a lockdown.
According to police, a brawl forced the temporary lockdown of San Francisco’s downtown Westfield Mall and ended with several people being detained, as well as one being arrested.
San Fransisco police received calls around 6:45 PM PST about fights at the mall, with dozens of officers responding. Authorities say that one officer was injured during the incident.
San Francisco police received multiple calls about 6:45 p.m. reporting fights at Westfield San Francisco Centre, police said. Dozens of officers swarmed the shopping mall in the Union Square area of the city and were seen in witness videos taking multiple suspects into custody.
The brawl started between about two dozen people in the food court and grew from there, police said. Some officers were seen struggling to maintain order during the melee and even being attacked by suspects. One officer suffered minor injuries after being pepper-sprayed, police said.
Because of the level of violence and the number of innocent bystanders inside the mall, the center was closed early, police said.
While there is still no indication of what exactly caused the brawl or how many people were involved, police were able to confirm that one person was arrested.
The mall is expected to open on schedule on Monday, June 26.